Existential thread re how much do you love your kids & if you really, really want them over for Xmas holidays?

All thanks to @DGCAIndia @MoCA_GoI & @JM_Scindia @PMOIndia allowing v few flights, so fares > ₹1.5 lac, any sector, #London to #India
In @ShashiTharoor's cattle class
Thought I'd begin with our national carrier @airindiain after a great experience last time

Chose #AMD @ahmairport, one of our few international airports with A

Fare is £1983 (is it a promotion with the movie 83?)
Hey, it's #Gujarat, all business folks, ex Modi town. My bad!
Then went for the pukka #British @British_Airways

Picked #Hyderabad simply because it isn't #Bangalore, trying smaller airports, maybe better given the Covid restrictions

The fare is a whopping £2231. Ok, back to the drawing board !
Next was @richardbranson's @VirginAtlantic, which is almost as funky as him

Tried aamchi Mumbai #Bombay @CSMIA_Official (same state)

But they have fares beginning £2244 😳

Repeat, this is for an ECONOMY return, mid Dec to mid January. Usually this is Business Class ₹£$💸💰
Went for new kid on the block @airvistara, booked for #Pune @aaipunairport (where we live) via #Delhi (of course, as thanks to govt apathy, no one flies directly here anymore - Lufthansa did, at one point before giving up)!
₹1.67 lacs
Ok, so only one kidney then
Via flights should be better, cheaper (normally) but think again, even Middle East

@qatarairways (who spend a lot on ads in India and UK) are about £1600, with a halt at #Doha airport, no wonder, they can afford to !
Thanks, but Will see you next year for the @FIFAWorldCup
The normally reliable @emirates has either £1500+ or £3400+

With a halt in #Dubai #DXB thrown in for free

And given ever changing regulations in #India (I've counted 3 changes already in 3 days!), just like the shifting sands & dunes of #UAE, that may not be a good idea
#EtihadAirways, who have bought naming rights at some big stadiums, big clubs in #UK, have fares that are equally big, worthy of being sponsors of the current #PremierLeague champions

About £2200 per person (I have 2 kids) !
Also, don't bother trying @flysrilankan @ThaiAirways @cathaypacific & many other airlines coz, thanks to our restrictions, they aren't flying to #India

We're obviously trying to keep it very cozy, kind of an exclusive club (like the one next to the Prime Minister's residence)
Another thought was to have a live streamed competition between the two kids - where they vie for one return ticket back.

Hopefully we get enough viewers to be able to afford a ticket for the other
Though I don't think my children will buy this, they know me too well!
Any other ideas @JM_Scindia ?

Given how rules are changing as frequently as #Pune weather, every parent wants the kids to fly direct, not via #Europe

But currently, unless you are #Ambani #Adani, that's not an option. Can someone help increase the flights ? Why the apathy ?
Also, why do the new rules not distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated folks ? All variants could be carried by vaccinated people, so why this preferential treatment to #Omicron ? Wasn't #Delta variant as potent ? Why the rush to create new rules ?
I'm trying to keep the tone light but this has been the situation for the last 3 months, like the train wreck in #Fugitive, which you could see coming from afar

Why this lack of concern, lack of action to alleviate the issue ? Surely citizens and #OCI holders deserve better ?

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3 Dec
Given my love for #travel, thought I'd compile a thread of some of the best #tourism ads I've seen over the years

Am keeping it restricted to #PrintAds, and only those by #tourismboards, whether national, state or city

Hope you enjoy it 🙂🥂 and are inspired to travel
We could warm up with #Australia's 'So Where The Bloody Hell Are You' campaign, which turned a lot of heads thanks to it's choice of wording and, of course, the stunning visuals
Politeness can be over rated, eh @Australia 🖖🏾 ImageImage
As far as accidental tourism ads go, #Banff in #Canada capitalized on a squirrel photobombing a couple's pic and made him their mascot, even creating a Twitter id for the little fella and featuring him in a whole set of ads

Nicely done @banfflakelouise @Canada ImageImage
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30 Nov
Hilarious Thread re #Omicorn, received via Whatsapp

In just 48 hrs everything just went upside down. Looking at all the updates and social media posts, a colleague from my legal fraternity outlined the absurd response from the countries. Read On 😀
South Africa: Hey guys, look what we discovered in our labs while researching Covid19 variants and mutations

World: What??

SA: It's a new variant of Covid19 - seems to be different than others. Let’s work together & study further.

World: What? You have a new variant of Covid?!
SA: No no, we just found a way to 'identify' it. It seems, it has already been detected in HongKong, Israel & Botswana.

UK: Hey guys, no offence, but we already have 45,000 cases a day, we don't wear masks everywhere, allow large gatherings. But we can't risk a new variant.
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Kind folks of Twitter, I need help in solving a personal issue ie lifting my sister

Avani, the angel of our world, is handicapped, no limb movement or communication possible. She has to be lifted from her bed on to her pram & vice versa about 6-8 times a day
Two of us usually do the lifting, one from the shoulders, the other from the legs

Am assuming she weighs about 45-50 kgs and since no communication is possible, her body is inert and lifting isn't easy, though within our family we've been managing last 40 years
Of late, twice while lifting (I usually do the shoulders, the heavier side), I've had terrible back spasms / nerve pulls rendering me completely immobile for a couple of days, with recovery taking ~2 weeks

It happened first time 3 months ago and I'm still suffering from the 2nd
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